Seized Illicit drug: Customs Hands Over 15000 kg to NDLEA.
By Joe Njoku, Global Freight News.
The Nigeria Customs Service has dealt a deadly blow to drug cartels operating within the nation’s coastal water and land borders as they handed over the hard substances, suspected to be cannabis sativa and Tramadol to the National Drug law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
The handover ceremony took place at the customs warehouse, Karu Abuja on Thursday 23, November 2023.
During the joint press briefing, Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, disclosed that the illicit substances were seized in operation conducted by the Western Marine, FOU ZoneA and Zone B formation. Other notable commands that contributed to the efforts include; Ogun 1 Area command and Federal Operation Unit Zone C.
The CGC stated that the Nigeria Customs and the National Drug law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA solidified their commitment to combat drug trafficking by signing a memorandum of understanding on April 4, 2023.
The customs boss said that the importance of community support in the battle against drug trafficking noting, “This is a battle for every citizen”.
“He detailed the seized items which include; 13, 567 parcels of cannabis sativa from Zone ‘A’, 1,511’parcels and 292 bags of Indian Hemp from Zone ‘B’ and 3,213 parcels and blocks along with 935 sacks of cannabis sativa from Zone’C’.
From Ogun Command, 2,223 wraps and 144 sacks of cannabis sativa weighing a total of 3,313.7 kg we’re intercepted.
Additionally, the Western Marine command added with 2,205 parcels weighing 624 kg.
The Director of Narcotics, Mr Samuel Gazama who represented the chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA commended the Nigeria Customs Service for its pivotal role in cleansing country of illicit drugs.
He said, the severe societal threat posed by cannabis sativa and the NDLEA’s unwavering commitment to collaborate with the MCCain the relentless fight against drug, Gazama concluded.
“We will not relent until our battles on drug trafficking are achieved”, he added.